Questions to Grow Your Church in 2007
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, December 03 2006 19:00|
Growing a church includes adding new believers, growing those believers, and calling those believers to serve. It can be said many ways, but Jesus summarized it well in Luke 6:47: “I will show you what he is like who comes to me (evangelism) and hears my words (teaching) and puts them into practice (service).”
Evangelism, teaching, and service are the three parts of a disciple. This has come to be known as the Great Commission—or “making disciples.” As we teach elsewhere, a disciple is someone who is called to walk with Christ, equipped to live like Christ, and sent to work for Christ.
The central mission of your church is “to make disciples.” As you reflect on your 2007 priorities here are some questions to consider with the leaders of the church who determine direction:
Let’s measure our effectiveness with the same plumb line with which Christ would measure. Let’s be diligent in 2007 to make disciples of our men, women, and children. If we do this one thing we will have done the most important thing. And discipleship is the systemic solution to all the downstream effects with which we struggle (e.g., divorce, rebellion, immorality, gossip).
Pat Morley, Ph.D.